Jaguar Land Rover is out to demonstrate how its self-driving valet will help the company transition towards fully autonomous vehicles that can find parking spots all by themselves and proceed to park without any input from the driver.
Tests were held on an open public road in Milton Keynes as part of JLR’s collaboration with UK Autodrive, a consortium that tests autonomous cars and connected technologies.
“We’re investing heavily in automated technologies to make our customers’ lives safer and more convenient. Reducing the everyday stresses of driving – like squeezing into a tight parking place – means that we can all focus on the more enjoyable aspects of our cars,” stated JLR’s chief engineer for automated driving Joerg Schlinkheider.
The company’s connected tech is what allows cars to “talk” to each other and their surrounding environment, helping both drivers as well as the vehicle itself to react faster. The two features being tested in Milton Keynes are Emergency Vehicle Warning and Electronic Emergency Brake Light.
The former (EVW) alerts drivers to an approaching emergency vehicle and shows them which direction it’s coming from. Meanwhile, EEBL gives a warning when another connected car brakes heavily, thus giving drivers additional seconds to react and avoid a possible collision.
According to JLR, their ultimate vision is to “make the self-driving car viable in the widest range of real-life, on- and off-road driving environments and weather.”